Welcome aboard, me hearties! The school year is finally coming to a close. Even though it has been a difficult voyage to boot, end your school year with some fun! Of course, we want our wee pirates to continue their learning so let's find some learning games to play!
However, I'm not suggesting online games, but if your classroom is still online, you probably have no other choice. For those of you who are in-person with your students, I suggest card games. My main reason for recommending these types of games is that they are social. Students interact with each other and learn from each other when playing hands-on games. Also, keep in mind that for most of the school year teaching was online with little opportunity for students to engage with their classmates.
Now, you may be thinking that you have no card games in your classroom. If you don't, how about a traditional deck of playing cards. You probably have some at home and so may your students' families.
Once you collect some card decks, consider teaching a few of the classic card games such as Crazy Eights, Go Fish, and Rummy. "Why?", you may ask. The answer is these are strategy games which help to develop and sharpen our brains.
Here's a link with a list of 12 classic card games:
These cards can also be used to develop and review math skills. For example, each student is given two cards. They add the numbers on their cards. The student with the highest sum collects all the face-up cards. For a more challenging game include aces with the value of 1 and jacks, queens, kings valuing 11-13. The joker can be valued as 14 or 0. In addition, increase the number of cards to be passed out to three, four, and five cards for students depending on the needs of your students. Of course, other operations can be used as well.
Another math concept that can be practiced is place value. First, determine the place value your students will work with- 10's, 100's, 1000's and so one. If students are working with 10's, then each student draws two cards. Next, students make the largest number they can with their two cards. The player who has the largest number keeps all the played cards. These games can be used with decimals and fractions as well.
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